Millions of Americans live with the debilitating effects of traumatic brain injury. In fact, the Brain Trauma Foundation says at least 5.3 million people in the US are currently living with disabilities caused by TBI. Consider these other statistics:
- Traumatic brain injury can result anytime the head suffers a bump or jolt, or when something penetrates the skull
- TBIs can be rated mild, moderate or severe depending on loss of consciousness after injury
- The majority of TBIs that occur every year are rated as mild and described as concussions
- Brain injuries may cause any number of short or long-term effects, which may include changes in physical abilities, behavior, emotions, sensory perception, cognition and memory
- Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and struck by/against events are three of the leading causes of TBI
- In 2010, traumatic brain injury was involved in more than 50,000 fatalities
During Brain Injury Awareness Month, various health agencies and community organizations are urging Americans to increase their awareness of the impact and prevalence of traumatic brain injuries. For a wide variety of resources and to learn more about how you can take action, please visit the CDC Heads Up website.